The Cold War is often considered to be the quintessential intelligence conflict, and a range of studies have focused on the diplomacy of this critical period. Yet over the last two decades, intelligence has remained the "missing dimension" of Britain's Cold War history. "British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-1951" examines the clandestine aspects of British policy, with particular emphasis on the key themes of intelligence and strategy.
The contributors, an international group of North American and British scholars, present an authoritative picture of Britain's post-World War II intelligence activities based on previously neglected documentary sources. They provide a detailed examination of the role of the British defectors Philby, Burgess, and Maclean, Anglo-American special operations against the Eastern bloc, strategic struggles between Prime Minister Attlee and Montgomery and the military dimension of Britain's plans for leadership of a "Third Force" as a rival to the Soviet and American blocs.
The Cold War is a prominent issue of our time, and this book will be of interest to students of international and modern political history, political science, international relations, and intelligence history.